With the trade deadline just nine days away, several teams are beginning to look at their current place in the standings and evaluating whether or not they’ll be buyers or sellers.
The Dodgers have made it clear that they’re buyers and while it was assumed early in June that this would be when Andre Ethier would be traded, it would be a huge risk taken by management.
Matt Kemp continues to get hurt and the same is true with Carl Crawford, but on SiriusXM with Jim Duquette and Mike Ferrin, Jeff Passan from Yahoo! Sports suggests there could be a market for Ethier:
“The one position I do could see coming open is in the Dodgers outfield. If the Dodgers do decide to put Andre Ethier out there and say they’ll eat a lot of money, the interest out there would be significant”.
Ned Colletti said recently that he wasn’t looking to make a franchise alerting move, but it’d be interesting if other teams start calling the Dodgers about Ethier.
In the first series against the Nationals, Ethier had an RBI in each game, including the game-winning home run on Friday night.
A lot of the Dodgers ability to trade Ethier would also depend on how much money of his remaining salary they’d eat. Earlier in the year, it was reported that the team would have to absorb at least half of the remaining $70 million on his contract.
While it seems like a longshot that Ethier is traded due to Crawford and Kemp being so injury prone, it’s interesting to hear that there could be a market as he’s struggled through most of the season.